Archive | March, 2014

Pairing Beer & Glassware

27 Mar

I found this really neat chart a few weeks ago that i’ve negelcted to share. I believe it was from Beer Connoisseur magazine’s Facebook page. It explains what the different beer glasses do for the experience of the drink and which types of beer work best in which type of glass. This is proof for all your friends who think you’re snobby when you order beers that come in a fancy glass that the shape of the glass does make a difference, and not all beer tastes the same out of different glasses. RED_B_TIL_600x1946_ALL14_SOC_1S

Stellar Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

12 Mar

IMG_3417Last Friday I decided it was about time I started drinking some of the four bottles of wine that are currently in my possession. I opened a bottle of Stellar Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 vintage that was a birthday gift from my parents.

My mom picked up the bottle from Chuck’s Natural Marketplace where they carry organic foods and such. It is USDA certified organic, vegan friendly and fair trade certified, which I thought was pretty cool. The label states “organically grown grapes, ethically produced, fairly traded.” I was expecting it to be expensive, as most organic things are, but it was around $10 for the bottle with an ABV of 13%. Stellar Organic Winery is located in South Africa. I like that they explain what makes them organic, since winemaking in itself seems like an organic process. Here’s what their website says:

“Organic refers to a system of farming that maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. The grapes are grown without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers.

Only compost and organic materials are used, with indigenous vegetation for mulching.IMG_3420

Weeds and pests are controlled using environmentally sound practices that sustain the health of our planet and ultimately our own well being.

In the cellar the maximum allowable quantity of sulphur dioxide is half that of the maximum permitted for conventional wines and certain chemicals are forbidden.”

Very pretty labeling (which of course is only important to your eyes, not your tounge) and a deep red color in the glass. It had a fruity smell and tasted smooth like dark cherry or plum. There was not a lot of tannin and I think that might have something to do with the fact that they didn’t add any sulfites during production.

I have a feeling it might be difficult to find this wine. If you’re interested in finding some, here’s some contact information from the website for the distributor in the United States: Jeremy Shapley, 214-435-9388, jeremy@tritonexport.com